Today’s episode of The Star Wars Show revealed a brand new trooper class that will be debuting this December in The Rise of Skywalker – meet your new Sith Trooper! Adorned in striking red armor from head to toe, this new trooper from Episode IX is sure to become an instant hit with both costuming fans and members of the 501st Legion. The Sith Trooper will be present at San Diego Comic-Con in a variety of different merchandising options including the Hasbro Black Series Special Edition figure featured above (priced at $32).
Check out the intro to StarWars.com’s article on this new Episode IX trooper copied below and then click here for the full read and additional product photos. And watch today’s episode of TSWs via the video embedded at the end of this post.
At San Diego Comic-Con 2019, Lucasfilm will celebrate the history of stormtrooper design — and the future.
Fans attending the mega pop-culture event (July 18-21) will be treated to a new exhibit of trooper armor from across the Star Wars saga, including a first look at the next evolution in Imperial/First Order soldiers: the “Sith trooper” from the upcoming Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. It’s a modern and more menacing look befitting its namesake.
“It has some really unique aesthetics to it,” says Madlyn Burkert, Lucasfilm archivist, who is co-producing the exhibit. “And it has some subtle ties to previous stormtrooper designs, which I think fans will enjoy discovering.” There will be a selection of new “Early Release Edition” Sith trooper products debuting at SDCC, which you can see below.
A total of nine different costumes, all screen-used, will be on display at the Lucasfilm pavilion (booth #2913): Imperial stormtrooper, TIE pilot, death trooper, shoretrooper, biker scout, First Order stormtrooper, First Order TIE pilot, Captain Phasma, and Sith trooper. (StarWars.com got a sneak peek at some of these pieces, and is happy to share them here.) Burkert has ordered four new custom mannequins created specifically for stormtroopers. “Most mannequins are made for fashion,” she says with a laugh. “With our armor, we need a different pose.” Appropriately, the Lucasfilm pavilion will have a visual Death Star theme, and the stormtrooper exhibit promises even more surprises, including a photography and video component, the latter of which will feature Star Wars creators such as concept designer Doug Chiang.